Who will pay the bill?
I read your news article “ Duke’s fracking data stirs the pot” ( bit.ly/VNIYXS) with a great deal of interest. The oil and gas developers are happy to dismiss Professors Avner Vengosh and Robert Jackson as being disinterested in drilling, stating that their findings are “more sensational than scientific.”
Before state officials lift the ban on fracking, I hope they will decide who will pay the bill should methane seep into our water supply, accompanied by high levels of radioactivity. As Vengosh states, “There is no technological barrier to treatment. It’s only a matter of cost, management and willingness to do that. And who is paying for that? That is always the question.”
Surely this is the right time for state officials to listen to two highly respected scientists in our state before making their decision. Afterward will be too late.
No warm fuzzy
James Womack says: “With all due respect to Avner Vengosh, he’s not interested in drilling. His studies are all aimed at the downside of oil and gas development.”
Well, maybe that is an important aspect of his job! To consider the downside of fracking rather than being just a cheerleader.
It certainly should not give any critically thinking person a warm, fuzzy when this clearly stacked committee does not want to adequately consider the downside that may include permanent water pollution, radiation issues, air pollution, significant water usage, earthquakes, etc.
Not only that, their actions suggest they are more concerned about protecting the proprietary interest of the fracking companies than in establishing significant baseline testing that could establish liability and accountability.
The testing both before and after should include the chemicals used in the fracking process, and based on the comments from the scientists that testing should be done long term because it may take time for the contamination to show up.
All fracking companies should be required to have insurance policies that will ensure that the people of North Carolina will not be stuck with cleaning up the mess they leave behind ... if that is even possible. If a homeowner or entire community has to have a reservoir system installed and water provided far into the future or be connected to a municipal system those that do the fracking should have insurance companies that will cover that expense.
I have to wonder if there are any insurance companies that would take on that risk?
Clean water is becoming more and more precious and is it should not be taken for granted.
I think the writer from Chapel Hill must live in a parallel universe (DN, Aug. 24, bit.ly/1qdqN8M).
She states that the General Assembly has been cutting funds to the universities, raising taxes on the middle class and favoring the wealthy. I don’t know if funds have been cut to the universities, but if they have been that is not a bad thing. All the studies show that as additional funds flow to universities three things happen. Tuition is raised, fancy new buildings are built and more administrators are hired – none of which helps students.
Under Gov. Mc Crory taxes on the middle class have been lowered, not raised. And the writer gives no examples of where the wealthy are favored.
Vincent M. DiSandro Sr.